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6 Benefits of HIIT

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HIIT, or (high intensity, interval training) has become a popular form of training within the last few years. It is arguably one of the best methods of burning fat/losing weight out there at this time. Basically, you do repeated bursts of high intensity effort, followed by different periods of rest/recovery.

The intense work periods may range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes long, and are performed at 80% to 95% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate, the maximum number of times your heart will beat in a minute without overexerting yourself.

The recovery periods can be as long as the work time, bringing your heart rate down to 40-50% of the max rate. Sessions can go anywhere from 20-60 minutes.

HIIT training is not recommended for someone who has just started to workout. You should get yourself to a reasonable degree of cardio and muscular fitness before you start incorporating HIIT into your routine. A base fitness level, is consistent aerobic training (3 to 5 times a week for 20 to 60 min per session at a somewhat hard intensity.)

I am not going to get into different routines in this article. As the title states, here are six benefits of HIIT,  according to the “American College of Sports Medicine.”

Improves BOTH aerobic and anaerobic fitness

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Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure levels

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Improves  cardiovascular health

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Improves insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel to make energy)

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Lowers cholesterol profiles

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Helps reduce abdominal fat and body weight, while maintaining muscle mass

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